High School Sports

Panther Creek, state champion Boyden lead All-Metro girls’ tennis team

Susanne Boyden of Wakefield.
Susanne Boyden of Wakefield. cgrant@newsobserver.com

Panther Creek, the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A champion, and 4A singles champion Susanne Boyden of Wakefield lead the 2013 News & Observer All-Metro girls tennis team.

The Catamounts dashed through the NCHSAA dual-team playoffs with senior Megan Smith being named as the tournament finals most valuable player. Catamount sophomores Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland, who are 24-1 as a doubles team, repeated as 4A doubles champions.

Wakefield’s Boyden, a sophomore, won the NCHSAA 4A singles championship, defeating 2012 champ Maggie Kane of Broughton in the finals.

Cardinal Gibbons was the NCHSAA 3A dual-team champion and Devin Knors and Lizzie Galash won the doubles title.

All-metro tennis

Name, School Cl. Singles record Accomplishments
Susanne Boyden, Wakefield So. 25-0 4A singles champion
Sammi Smith, Panther Creek So. 14-1 4A doubles champion
Jordan Strickland, Panther Creek So. 16-2 4A doubles champion
Maggie Kane, Broughton Sr. 21-4 4A singles runner-up
Devin Knors, Cardinal Gibbons Jr. 19-7 3A doubles champion
Lizzie Galush, Cardinal Gibbons Fr. 24-1 3A doubles champion
Jamie Rogers, Cary Sr. 12-3 4A doubles runner-up
Hannah Jabusch, Cary Sr. 13-3 4A doubles runner-up
Megan Smith, Panther Creek Sr. 17-5 4A dual-team MVP